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Friday, January 11, 2013

Schweich Releases Bates County Audit

  State Auditor Tom Schweich released  the audit of Bates County on January 9th, 2013. State law requires  the auditor to audit all counties that do not elect a county auditor. In the areas audited, The overall performance of this entity was fair. However, the audit revealed serious short comings within the Sheriff's office. The Sheriff, his administration assistant and deputy sometimes circumvent the normal county budgeting and disbursement process by using personal credit cards to purchase numerous items for operation. Also, detailed expenses reimbursement forms with supporting documentation are not prepared for travel costs incurred. Audit staff reviewed 10 reimbursement requests and found 42 items claimed for reimbursement were not supported by adequate documentation. ( For example, The county commission approved a $4,429 payment to the Sheriff's credit card vendor for airline tickets and hotel reservations for a law enforcement conference in Hawaii Jan.2012 without any supporting documentation to support the expense other than a letter from the Sheriff requesting the payment. The county reimbursed the Sheriff's administrative assistant $1,415 twice for the same purchases, and there is no supporting documentation to show the duplicate payment was applied to other county purchases. In the prosecuting attorney's office, followed up on the outstanding restitution  checks is not adequate, and on December 31,2011 there was 68 outstanding checks totaling $5,597 more than a year old. But no action was taken to determine why these checks had no cleared the bank. To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, please visit:

TEXAS HOLD'EM IN DREXEL JANUARY 19TH!


  The Drexel Booster Club will host a Texas Hold’em Fundraiser Tournament January 19th at the Drexel Community Center. Advance tickets are $40.00 and tickets at the door will cost $50.00.
The Drexel Booster Club Dinner will start at 5:30 with the tournament to begin at 6 pm.. A Taco Dinner will be served.
For tickets contact Scott Collins 816-255-9832
 



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WATER DEPT./CITY OF AMORET BEING SUED‏

  A NOTICE HAS BEEN POSTED AT THE AMORET POST OFFICE, REQUESTING FROM THE CITY COUNCIL OF AMORET THAT THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC MEETING, AT THE AMORET COMMUNITY CENTER. THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER JANUARY 14, 2013 @ 7:00PM 

RICH HILL THREAT PRESS RELEASE FROM BATES COUNTY SHERIFF CHAD ANDERSON


  On 1/11/2013 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a parent reporting that his son was threatened by another student. The threat, which was reported that a student was going to shoot the other student. The Rich Hill Police Department, Bates County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol was dispatched to the school and was on scene within a few minutes. The Rich Hill School District was immediately notified and the staff acted quickly to place the school into lockdown.


  Once everyone was identified those subjects were removed from the school and transported to the Sheriff’s Office waiting for the arrival of the Juvenile Officers. Authorities made several searches at which time no firearms were located on the premises. The school was then released off lockdown and returned to normal activities.


  The case is being investigated by the Rich Hill Police Department and the Bates County Juvenile Office.

NEWS RELEASE BUTLER FIRE DEPARTMENT


On January 11, 2013 at approximately 3:10 A.M., the Butler Fire Department, with an automatic mutual aid response from Adrian Fire Dept., responded to a report of a structure fire at 1010 W. Ft. Scott St. in Butler.

On arrival, a heavy volume of fire was found in the attached garage area at the west side of a single story, wood frame residential structure.

The fire was extinguished with heavy fire damage to the garage and fire extension into the attic area.

The remainder of the residence sustained heavy to moderate heat and smoke damage.

There were no injuries.